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French president supposedly urges Trump not to act on Jerusalem. Trump heard something different.

French president supposedly urges Trump not to act on Jerusalem. Trump heard something different.French President Emmanuel Macron strongly warned President Trump on Monday not to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Elysée Palace said in a summary of the phone call between the two leaders — or maybe he didn’t, if you go by the administration’s version of the same conversation.



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God can no longer lead sinners astray in new French Lord's Prayer

God can no longer lead sinners astray in new French Lord's PrayerChurchgoers in France will start reciting a new version of the Lord's Prayer on Sunday in which God will no longer have a direct hand in leading them to commit sins. For decades, the French have been used to chanting the Gallic version of "Lead us not into temptation", which translates as "Ne nous soumets pas a la tentation" (Do not submit us to temptation). Starting on Sunday, the first day of Advent, priests will call on French worshippers to ask the Almighty: "Ne nous laisse pas entrer en tentation" (Do not let us enter into temptation) – thus shifting the emphasis of sin more onto the sinner. Debate between theologians on this line has long been the subject of long, tortuous debate, which dragged on for 17 years. Some insist that it is preposterous to suggest that God could do the devil's work; others have even branded the idea downright blasphemous. The current ambiguous translation has been used since 1966, after the modernising Second Vatican Council open the door to the use of the vernacular instead of Latin in Catholic masses the world over. The new version of the Lord's Prayer (Our Father, Notre Pere) Catholic prayer book Credit:  PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP The original version was in Greek by the apostles Matthew and Luke, who were themselves translating the words of Jesus speaking in his native Aramaic. "In itself the translation wasn't wrong, but the interpretation was ambiguous," Monsignor Guy de Kerimel, the French Catholic Church's chief liturgist told AFP. The new version is due to be adopted in the Roman Missel, but tired of waiting for its release in 2019, French priests took the liberty to introduce it a year early. It has been adopted both by Catholics and France's much smaller Protestant Church. Yet not everyone has welcomed the change. The national council of evangelicals of France, CNEF, agreed that it better avoids the idea that God "is somehow responsible for temptation but it waters down God's sovereignty". Also unhappy was traditionalist French Catholic priest Guillaume de Tanoüarn who said that "faith is a struggle" and doesn't spring from "a world of metaphysical teddy bears". Raphaël Enthoven, a high-profile French philosopher, claimed that the French Church had decided to airbrush out the word "soumission" (submission) to avoid any comparisons with Islam, which means submission – a claim dismissed as "sad and ridiculous" by French bishops' spokesman Monseigneur Olivier Ribadeau Dumas. Mr Enthoven later withdrew the claim and apologised.  The Lord's Prayer is the the one that most Christians know by heart. "There's going to be some mumbling for a while" as worshippers adjust to the new words, Mr Kerimel said.



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French police officer kills three before committing suicide

French police officer kills three before committing suicideA 31-year-old French police officer shot three people dead before turning the gun on himself, in a killing spree sparked by a row with his girlfriend, authorities said Sunday. The Paris officer, Arnaud Martin, finished his shift on Saturday evening and went to meet his girlfriend in Sarcelles, a suburb north of the capital city, to discuss ending their relationship.



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French police investigating second allegation of rape made against Oxford professor

French police investigating second allegation of rape made against Oxford professorFrench prosecutors are investigating allegations by two women who say they were raped by an Oxford University professor.  Professor of Islamic Studies Tariq Ramadan vehemently denies the allegations. ​ One woman, Henda Ayari, confirmed last week to The Telegraph that she had filed complaints against Prof Ramadan of rape, sexual assault, violence, harassment and intimidation with the prosecutor's office in Rouen, northern France. Now police say two complaints are being investigated.  Ms Ayari, 40, a former salafist and now a secularist feminist author, said that Mr Ramadan had assaulted her in a Paris hotel in 2012. She said she had decided to "name and shame" Prof Ramadan as a "pervert guru" following the Harvey Weinstein scandal. A second woman, 45, who wishes to remain anonymous, has also filed a complaint for rape against the renowned Islamic scholar, which she said took place in 2009. Given the "similarity of the (alleged) events", Paris prosecutors have added her complaint to Ms Ayari's as part of an investigation launched on October 23, a judicial source confirmed to AFP. Speaking to French media on Monday about her alleged ordeal at the hands of Prof Ramadan, Ms Ayari said: "He literally pounced on me like a wild animal." She told BFM TV she had gone to the scholar's hotel room to ask him questions about Islam and at the time "I admired him very much". Referring to the alleged rape, she said "he kissed me really hard… then for a few seconds he choked me, I really thought I was going to die". She said that in his eyes, "either your veiled or you are raped", adding that he "uses Islam to satisfy his sexual urges". The second woman – a convert to Islam – has alleged that she was raped by Prof Ramadan in the Hilton hotel in Lyon in 2009. The woman told Le Monde that he had suggested they go to his room because "everyone is looking at us". Once inside, she said he had kicked away crutches she was using due to an injured leg and "jumped on me". "You kept me waiting now you will pay dear," she alleged he said. The woman alleged she was violently assaulted, receiving slaps to the "face, arms and breasts" and punches to the stomach, before being raped, including with "an object". He then dragged her to the bathroom by her hair and urinated on her, she alleged. She went straight to a doctor and has medical evidence of her assault, she alleges. The unnamed complainant said she later received a text message from Prof Ramadan asking to see her again "as if we had spent a wonderfully romantic and tender evening together". After she refused she alleged she was subjected to "months of harassment and threats from men who followed me in the street; one threatened to kill me". Prof Ramadan denounced the allegations as "a campaign of slander clearly orchestrated by my long-time adversaries". He had already filed a complaint for slander and defamation against Ms Ayari and said he would do the same against the second woman. Prof Ramadan, the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, was chosen by Tony Blair, the former prime minister, to work on a task force to help tackle extremism in the UK after the 7/7 attacks in London in 2005. A spokesman for Oxford University last week said: "We are aware of these reports and are taking them extremely seriously. We are not in a position to comment further at this time." Respected in the UK as a scholar who is not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mr Ramadan is a deeply controversial figure in France, where some have accused him of wishing to pursue rigorist political Islam in the West through stealth.



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In photos: Luxurious bubble glamping in French wine country

In photos: Luxurious bubble glamping in French wine country



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French, Nigerien forces conduct operations after 3 U.S. special forces soldiers killed

French, Nigerien forces conduct operations after 3 U.S. special forces soldiers killedBy Boureima Balima NIAMEY (Reuters) – French and Nigerien troops conducted operations near Niger’s border with Mali on Thursday, the day after an attack that killed three U.S. Army Special Forces members, security sources said. The attack, which also wounded two U.S. soldiers and killed at least one Nigerien soldier, took place during a routine patrol in a part of southwestern Niger where insurgents, including from al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), are active, a U.S. official told Reuters. Nigerien, U.S. and French troops were leading operations in the zone on Thursday, a Niger security source said, without elaborating.



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IS claims fatal stabbings of 2 women at French train station

IS claims fatal stabbings of 2 women at French train stationMARSEILLE, France (AP) — A man with a knife stabbed two women to death Sunday at the main train station in the southern French city of Marseille as he reportedly shouted "Allahu akbar!" — an attack the Islamic State group claimed was the work of one its "soldiers."



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Czech zoo burns horns it sawed off rhinos after French attack

Czech zoo burns horns it sawed off rhinos after French attackA Czech zoo on Tuesday burnt 33 kilos (72 pounds) of rare rhino horns, including some it sawed off its own animals in the wake of a brutal attack on a French zoo. Poachers broke into the Thoiry zoo near Paris in March and killed a critically endangered white rhino, hacking off its horns and putting zoos across the world on high alert. The brazen attack prompted a zoo in the central Czech Republic city of Dvur Kralove nad Labem to remove and burn the horns from its herd.



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French police evacuate 557 migrants from makeshift camp

French police evacuate 557 migrants from makeshift campPARIS (AP) — French police encircled a makeshift migrant camp in a wooded area near Dunkirk on Tuesday, evacuating 557 people, the prefecture of the Nord region said.



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French President paid €26,000 for make-up, and the french are like 'non merci'

French President paid €26,000 for make-up, and the french are like 'non merci'French president Emmanuel Macron may seem like he's still riding high on his May electoral victory and all the perks that come with it (like getting an official portrait and shaking hands with other world leaders), but now he's learning something new about presidential backlash: When it comes to literally keeping up appearances, there's little margin for error.  SEE ALSO: Emmanuel Macron is basically James Bond IRL and people can't cope Macron is now coming under fire for racking up an eye-popping €26,000 bill for make-up in just his first three months in office (that's just shy of $ 31,000 US). The story was first reported by French news outlet
LePointe but has since spread across the globe, — and the internet — that Macron has paid two bills (€16,000/$ 19,000 and €10,000/$ 12,000) to make-up artist Natacha M. According to
The Guardian, Macrons's aids insist it was "a matter of urgency" and provided services for "press conferences and foreign trips where the person concerned has to travel with him." Maybe it's all part of his effort to keep upstaging Trump. Racking up these sorts of expenses isn't unusual for heads of state in France. François Hollande, according to LePointe, paid €10,000 for his hairdresser and €6,000 for make-up. This controversy probably sounds mighty familiar to Americans, too. There was Bill Clinton's infamous runway haircut. Populist Democratic candidate John Edwards faced similar spend-shaming over his high-price trim. And, of course, Sarah Palin's six-digit shopping spree ahead of the 2008 election.  Not helping matters: Macron's approval rating is already plummeting because of his promise to reform France's long-standing labor code. Macron's people admitted the price was high and said the costs will be much lower from here on out but, frankly, it's too late and we now have a new nickname for him: Viva la E-Money. WATCH: Trump is getting crushed at his own handshake game



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